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    Yes How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Hi, Im wondering how many guinea pigs could fit in 2 Midwest cages that are combined (in a square shape). My current guinea pig Wiggles recently lost his cagemate Buttercup so I am planning on adopting him some friends. I was looking at getting 2 other boars that are already bonded from a local rescue so they could bond with Wiggles but I am not sure if the cage I already have would be big enough for all three. The cage is around 16 sq ft but I don’t really know if that would work ( I tried searching the website but I’m new so I’m m a little confused). If someone could give me some advice that would be great, Thank you!!

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Regardless of whether the cage is big enough or not, three boars together in one cage is generally not a good idea. I would advise against trying three boars together as it almost never works out, you can end up with three solo boars none of which can be housed with either of the other two, or worse you could end up with one or more of the boars being injured.

    It would be better to try contacting the rescue and seeing if they have a solo boar you could try him with, or if they have any spayed sows.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    @Ditto Soecara. 3 boars pretty much never works. There have been exceptions, but extremely rare.

    You could definitely try a pair of spayed sows, I'm sure Wiggles wouldn't mind that at all! Or, you might try and see if the rescue will let you bring Wiggles in to see if he can find his own buddy to get along with.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Ditto on not getting three boars. We never recommend it. It works occasionally, but fails almost ALL the time. I'd keep looking for a single buddy.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    I will have to keep my eyes out for another guinea pig in the area. Thank you everyone for the advice!

    I was also wondering how bonding Wiggles with a young guinea pig would work as he is getting quite old (around 6). Would it be better to get an older guinea pig or a young one?

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Sorry for all the additional posts but I just went looking and found a single adult boar at one rescue or a spayed/neutered sow and boar pair at another, which one do you think would work better? Thank you!!

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    See if the rescue will let Wiggles do a meet and greet with the single boar. That way you'll know if they hate each other right off the bat.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    The sow/boar pair will not work. Two boars will fight over the sow.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    See if the rescue will let Wiggles do a meet and greet with the single boar. That way you'll know if they hate each other right off the bat.
    I will try and contact them to see if that would work, Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigmommy89 View Post
    The sow/boar pair will not work. Two boars will fight over the sow.
    Thank you! So i would be better off with just the single boar?

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    Thank you! So i would be better off with just the single boar?
    Absolutely. If it was a pair of spayed sows, you would be ok. But two boars with one sow is even worse than 3 boars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Absolutely. If it was a pair of spayed sows, you would be ok. But two boars with one sow is even worse than 3 boars.
    Thank you so much! I contacted the rescue about the single boar and now I’m just waiting for them to get back to me!

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecka View Post
    Thank you so much! I contacted the rescue about the single boar and now I’m just waiting for them to get back to me!
    Good luck! I hope it works out for both of you. Let us know how it goes!

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    Sadly it did not work out. We brought my guinea pig (Wiggles) to the rescue to meet the new one (Howard) and they just did not get along. The other one was very dominant and Wiggles would not submit and kept trying to bite him. We decided together that it would be best to look for another piggie as Wiggles was getting really stressed out and we did not want to put that on him due to his old age. I’m very sad that he still does not have a friend but I think it was for the best.

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    Re: How many guinea pig could fit in this cage?

    I'm sorry that it didn't work out, but don't give up hope. There may yet be a buddy out there for Wiggles.

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